US airmen participate in parachute training exercise in Netherlands

Allied skydivers participating in Falcon Leap 2021 hover over a drop zone in the Netherlands. Photo credit: USAF / Senior Airman Branden Rae.

A group of US airmen from various US Air Forces Europe – Air Forces Africa (USAFE-AFAFRIKA) organizations took part in a multinational parachute exercise in the Netherlands.

The exercise, called Falcon Leap 21, was inspired by Operation Market Garden, an Allied airborne mission from World War II.

During the exercise, US Airmen, along with other NATO allies, participated in a series of integrated parachute drops.

The Dutch Air Force led the exercise, which was carried out at several military facilities across the country.

In addition to the USA and the Netherlands, military personnel from Belgium, the Czech Republic, France, Great Britain, Germany, Greece, Italy, Poland and Portugal also took part in the training.

USAFE-AFRICA Commander Gen. Jeff Harrigian said, “Falcon Leap 21 is an exciting opportunity because it hits the core of USAFE-AFRICA’s mission to build strong relationships with our European allies and partners as we live with them , work and train. “.

“Celebrating our shared values ​​and experiences at events like Falcon Leap strengthens the benefits of our alliance and strengthens our willingness to respond to any challenge we face.”

In Falcon Leap 21, the United States sent airmen from the USAFE-AFFRICA headquarters on Ramstein Air Base, Germany, as well as troops from other German and Italian bases.

Airmen and C-130J aircraft assigned to the 37th Airlift Squadron, 86th Airlift Wing, Ramstein AB, and the 169th Airlift Squadron, 182d Airlift Wing, Peoria Air National Guard Base, Illinois, USA, were also with the exercise tied together.

Earlier this year, the Air Forces of Great Britain, the USA and the Netherlands took part in exercise Point Blank over the North Sea.

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